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21 April 2019

Club News


21 April 2019

With League 2 football secured following successive away wins at Yeovil and Exeter City, Reds return to The People's Pension Stadium on Easter Monday (3pm) to take on Notts County.

And Head Coach Gabriele Cioffi is determined that his players won't ease up with three games to go.

He said: "Someone at the club told me that in recent years we have struggled in the last few games for motivation. This has to change this season.

"We have won two games - fantastic - and achieved our aim which is to be in the Football League next season. The squad has shown a great attitude in the last two games because we were all under pressure and they have delivered two results.

"But for me the season is not over at all - three games and nine points. Let's see where we can finish and go into our summer break with good memories."

All three remaining games are against sides with a lot to play for. 

On Saturday we head to a Carlisle team making a late burst for the play-offs and when Tranmere visit on the final day of the season they may well still be in contention for an automatic promotion place.

But Notts County have issues at the other end of the table. They will arrive in West Sussex bottom of the table and still two points behind Macclesfield with three games to go. Their status as the Football League's oldest club is under serious threat.

According to Gaby, that makes them extremely difficult opposition.

He added: "Notts County at the bottom surprises me, they have a good squad. But they can still be safe and the good thing for us is that they should come here on Monday looking to win the game. That should make it an open game. It is definitely one my players are looking forward too.

"At home in recent weeks have have played well and not got our rewards, Forest Green was a good example of this. Now we have started to turn performances into points here at our stadium and this must continue. The lads know this."

Reds have trained over the Easter weekend and Gaby has no fresh injury worries. "Everyone is in contention to play," he added. "We looked very fit in the last 20 minutes on Friday when it was very hot. We expect similar weather on Monday but the team will be full of energy and hopefully we can bring the three points to ourselves and the supporters." 

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